A Fireside Chat with Meru

"Come, come in, welcome! Here, sit down by the fire. I prepared it just before you showed up, and the space has just begun to warm." Meru the Wise talks with us by the fireside. We play with ideas, and hopefully learn some things when we're done.

Reality is all …

Fill in the blank When referring to the nature of Reality - what it's made of - as soon as someone begins their statement "It's all made of ... " the next word could be anything - gouda, gold, god, tao, apeiron, the force, consciousness, anything. The reason I know this is because I've understood…

Spencer-Brown: Cataphatist

George Spencer-Brown (GSB) did some wonderful work for a system of logic that has us consistently painting ourselves into a corner. That's the problem. His work contributes to a system of reasoning that is consistent but incomplete. What he doesn't see (and few who I've encountered who understand his work) is that he is stuck…

OK… So Spencer-Brown isn’t wrong, he’s just cataphatic.

The (cataphatic) Laws of Form George Spencer-Brown did an incredible job of breaking it down to the barest of bare-bones. But he could have gone further - he just didn't see it. He thought the 'Distinction' was "perfect continence" (yes, he notes that 'continence' refers to the archaic meaning - to contain - contain yourselves!),…

Honey, I Shrunk the Universe…

... or, "What if we were totally wrong?" Inside-Out Universe To say that the Universe 'exploded' from a 'thing smaller than an electron' in what's commonly called "The Big Bang" could be a complete misunderstanding of the data we've gathered from our observations of the galaxies and 'stuff out there around us'. Let me show…

To admit you are a fool…

... is to begin your journey of learning. Is this not typical of the learning process? To realize that one has been naïve and therefore perhaps not utterly wrong, but too hopeful or certainly over confident. I've just finished reading the "Logic: Very Short Introduction" by Graham Priest (Oxford University Press), and man oh man…

The Law of Existence – Part 2

Law of Existence - continued In my previous post, I promised to illustrate how the Laws of Thought, as they are used today, emerge naturally from the Law of Existence. Time to make good on my promise. In a comment left by reader SelfAwarePatterns he mentioned that he didn't see how the Law of the…

The Law of Existence – a better logic?

Overview George Boole's "Laws of Thought" have been extremely useful in many disciplines, but I contend that they are nevertheless incomplete. In their dominance over most of Logic and Philosophy, they have caused a conceptual 'blind spot' in the many fields of research which use or emanate from such reasoning - including the Foundations of…

Set Theory 2.0 – a first attempt

Definition of a Thing: If a Thing is to exist, it must be, by necessity, at the very least 'not' that-from-which-it-exists. This 'not' is what enables it to exist, and as such is the transformation by which it exists. This transformation is the defining boundary of a Thing; the Thing is fully-bounded by "not". But…

Understanding Understanding: Two modes of mind

The human mind, I am convinced, operates in terms of sameness and difference*. From this conviction I have recently come to label two modes of thinking - ways which the mind 'makes sense' of the world: Apophatic Thinking (AT) The mind begins from the notion that everything is the same, and makes sense of the…